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Season 2008-09
Everton (h) Premier Reserve League (North)

Date: Monday 16th March 2009, 7pm

 Whitley Park 




Newcastle Reserves

Everton Reserves


2 - 1




14mins Sinnott shot 0-1

Half time: Newcastle 0 Toffees 1

65mins Doninger header 1-1

81mins Ranger shot 2-1

Full time: Newcastle 2 Toffees 1

We Said

Richard Money commented:

I thought it was the best reserve game of the season - both teams played really well on a lively pitch and it was a great advert for young British players.

Weve shown real character to come from a goal down, and it was a bit more than just fighting qualities we showed quality throughout. We played with purpose and drive, and there was determination and real quality about us.

Mark Doninger has got us back in it with a well-timed run and put in a good header. Hes played his part, as everybody else has.

I thought Nile Ranger led the line terrifically well both he and Wesley Ngo Baheng caused them problems. Its nice to see him score with a left-foot finish because its something weve been working on. He tucked it away really well we think he needs to work on his left hand side. In fairness to him hes working on it and it was a good finish.

Nile Ranger added:

"We kept battling on a hard pitch and were pleased with the result. We were told at half-time not to stop because we were the better team. I think we had the upper hand over Everton.

Its just one defeat since November so we are on a very good run. I was delighted to score with my left foot. Its something Ive been working on in training.

I am absolutely loving it up here. I didnt expect to score this many, but Im glad that I have.

The team is on a roll at the moment and long may it continue. The lads have all worked hard and were second in the reserve league - thats really good for the lads and good for the club generally.

The coaching staff have done a good job, we have the momentum and everything is really good.

I will just keep my feet on the ground and work hard. Thats all I can do.

I was delighted to win the Wor Jackie award. Ill be honest, I didnt know much about Jackie Milburn before the award, but Jimmy Nelson at the Academy told me all about it and I have been studying the history of the club.

I have read a few things and I know that he is such a legend and there is such a massive history to this club. It is a real honour for me to win it, especially in my first season.


There may have been an element of fortune about his goal away to Hull last week, but there was no dispute tonight as Mark Doninger found the net again for the reserves. 

The United midfielder netted for a fourth consecutive fixture and has now scored six times in that spell, making it nine goals so far this season in all competitions. Doninger's 65th minute equaliser was reward for an improved second half display by Richard Money's side, who had faltered badly and trailed at the interval.

Everton led thanks 14th minute effort from defender Cory Sinnott, who stabbed a low shot past Tim Krul, after Eunan O'Kane's free kick from the left wasn't cleared.

United's only worthwhile reply came four minutes before the break when winger Jonny Godsmark hit the target from a narrow angle, but saw his effort cleared off the line.

Level after Doninger headed in James Tavernier's right wing cross, the Magpies went in search of a winner and Frank Danquah warmed the hands of Toffees 'keeper Iain Turner with a fierce effort on 78 minutes.

Godsmark also came close again before Nile Ranger ended his own personal lean spell in front of goal, bursting forward on 81 minutes to slide the ball under the 'keeper.

PS: In attendance at the game - although not coaching from the bench - was Peter Beardsley, who has now apparently returned to coaching duties at Academy /reserve level for the club.



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